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Let's Hear It for Almigal Hardcover – May 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 2
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Handfinger Press; First edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983829403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983829409
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,950 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Beautifully illustrated by Tammie Lyon, Let’s Hear it for Almigal should be required reading for children who are hearing impaired. It’s easy to identify with Almigal, a child full of energy, enthusiasm, and mischief. Written in language that is simple to understand for children ages three through eight.”  —ForeWord Reviews

“Kupfer—whose own daughter, Ali, was diagnosed with profound hearing loss at 10 months of age—celebrates uniqueness, while the delightful, full-page illustrations show the lively heroine and her friends and family enjoying their differences.”  —Kirkus Reviews

“This is a lovely, positive uplifting book that will also hopefully make people more aware of what it is like to be deaf. It is important for people to understand what it is like to be deaf so that they can empathize with deaf people. It also gives those who are deaf an amazing character that they can relate to.”  —Children’s Web Magazine

About the Author

Wendy Kupfer is an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing who has worked closely with Thomas Balkany, MD, former chair of the University of Miami Department of Otolaryngology, and one of the leading cochlear implant surgeons in the country. She lives in Delray Beach, Florida. Tammie Lyon is the award-winning illustrator of the Eloise and Katie Woo series of picture books. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.


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I think this book can be a great addition to a child's library.
Zac
Let's Hear It For Almigal is written by Wendy Kupfer and illustrated by Tammie Lyon.
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The end result - I got a turn to read the book, but I had to read it aloud to her.
Kayla Beck

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. G. Gagliano VINE VOICE on May 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The 411 by Maria:

A little over a week ago I headed over to the school to celebrate Handsome's birthday with his class. The teacher requested that I bring in a book to read to the class. Never one to miss an opportunity to read, I grabbed Let's Hear It For Almigal. I had never read it as it had just come in the day prior so it was a new story for me too.

The kids grabbed their place on the rug and I started reading. You could hear a pin drop as the students, teacher and aids listened to the story of Almigal. Almigal is different which is beautiful. Who wants to be like everyone else anyway? Almigal cannot hear. She discusses all the things she wants to hear like a robin singing and the music for dance but what she wants most is to hear her parents tell her that they love her. I almost lost it reading that line to the kids in class. As a big, softie I could barely hold it together thinking how I would feel knowing that Handsome or Goddess couldn't hear my love yous or me theirs.

What I loved more than anything about the book is how open the children were with their own stories afterwards. They talked about needing glasses, a crutch, braces, and even another talked about her own cochlear implant. The teachers asked to borrow the book to show the inclusion and special ed teacher as well as the school guidance counselor because of the positive message about differences, acceptance, acknowledgment, encouragement and finally who doesn't love a happy ending.

You cannot help but fall in love with Almigal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kayla Beck on July 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
When Let's Hear It For Almigal arrived in the mail from JKS Communications, my five year old daughter immediately snatched it up and ran to her bedroom to look at the book. Since I received the book for reviewing purposes, I had to negotiate with Bug (my daughter) in order to have a turn with the book. The end result - I got a turn to read the book, but I had to read it aloud to her. Being as it is a children's book, I think reading it in this manner was best for the review.

The Writing of Let's Hear It For Almigal is great for children who are still being read to. (Some of the words are a little too big, and the book itself is a bit too long, in my opinion, for beginning or intermediate readers.) However, the "read to me" age will really enjoy the book. Wendy Kupfer introduces Almigal, a little girl with hearing loss who wears hearing aids in a way that children can easily relate to her. She is shown to be a completely normal little girl well before any mention of her disability is made. Almigal's struggles and mishaps are portrayed in a light and funny way that doesn't make anyone feel sorry for her. I think children will identify with Almigal's ability to get in trouble and the triumphs she makes throughout the book. 5/5 Stars

I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that it was the Illustrations* that drew Bug to the book. Tammie Lyon illustrates the Eloise series, and the pictures for Let's Hear It For Almigal are no less engaging. There is one picture in particular that Bug really liked, which showed how say "I love you" in sign language. The book is bright, colorful, and perfect for keeping the attention of an easily distracted child. 5/5 Stars

Since my Attention Span is not really an issue, I'm going to base this part on Bug's reaction to the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate625 on April 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful story for children. It celebrates the diversity of those around them --- everyone has something to deal with and it's a gift when children understand it. Makes them happier children and more tolerant adults. Thank you for this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Chatterji on March 31, 2014
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My baby girl wears hearing aids, and I bought this book after having seen it advertised on a number of websites. What I did not know is that Almigal gets cochlear implants halfway through the story, and the implants are what allow her to hear all the sounds around her. Somehow, I missed this part when I read the review. Since my daughter is not a candidate for implants - but will be wearing HA's throughout her life, I was disappointed. The implication of the book - to a child, that is - is that implants are the best choice, and life without them is not as good. Not a great message for my child. For a child getting implants though? The book would be fabulous! It just wasn't right for us....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Vitale on October 21, 2013
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This book is awesome! I used it both at my home and in my classroom. My daughter wears Cochlear Impalnts so she loved the fact that the main character was hearing impaired just like her.
I also read it to my second graders to teach them tolerance and how to accept everyone for who the they are in the inside rather than the outside.This book sparked questions of higher level thinking skills about being hearing impaired. My students were so interested that as an extra lesson they are learning Sign Langauge.
Thanks again Wendy for writing this book which allows hearing impaired children to see a main character in a book just like them. The book is so true to life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Worrell on September 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved Let's Hear It For Almigal for so many reasons. The book was not only about what hearing loss is (for example Almigal couldn't hear her parents say "we love you" after tucking her in at night, even with her aides) but it explains, in kid terminology, what hearing aides are and what cochlear implants are as well. It also tells how all of the kids in Almigal's class are different - one speaks a foreign language, one wears glasses, and yet another wears hearing aides just like she does.

I think these are the most important aspects of the book. I believe that children should learn about what disabilities are out there. I believe that their knowledge is the key to treating all kids equally. Just because a child wears glasses or hearing aides does not mean that they're different, it just means that they need support to see or hear as well as others. It doesn't make them any less smart, pretty or joyous.

The illustrations are beautiful as well. Overall, the book is a winner. I am pretty sure I'll be buying this book for presents during the upcoming holiday season. Even better? 5% of all sales go to support children with hearing loss.
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